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Description: SMaRT is a multi-attribute, product certification that includes environmental, economic and social criteria for building products, fabric, textile & flooring according to the SMART Standard accredited through ANSI. A SMaRT certification requires an ISO 14040 LCA for all four levels of certification: Sustainable, Silver, Gold & Platinum. The Sustainable & Silver certifications are reviewed by a SMaRT consultant with 10% & 25% audited respectively; Gold and Platinum certification levels are audited by Ernst & Young Global Sustainability Auditing Group. No searchable database with product certification information is curently available to the public. The Green Label and Green Label Plus testing programs, overseen by independent labs, are designed for architects, builders, specifiers and facility managers who want assurances that carpet and adhesive products meet the most stringent criteria for low chemical emissions and help improve indoor air quality. Currently, carpet, cushion and adhesives as well as vacuum cleaners are tested in these programs. Working in cooperation with California’s Sustainable Building Task Force and the Department of Health Services, Indoor Air Quality section, the carpet industry voluntarily enhanced its Green Label program for carpet and adhesives to meeting the testing protocol used by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). CRI has exceeded the CHPS criteria in several respects, including testing annually for specific chemicals, testing for six additional chemicals, maintaining a chain of custody process and performing an annual audit of the testing facility. Energy Star is a government certification program based on data provided by manufacturers or from third party testing. Energy Star is a public-private partnership that built a globally recognized consumer brand and transformed the market for energy-efficient products including appliances, building products, electronics, HVAC, lighting and plumbing. Before developing or changing an ENERGY STAR specification, the PD teams follow an established evaluation process, which draws upon the expertise and resources of other stakeholders, including manufacturers, utilities, environmental groups, and other government agencies. This process allows us to make an informed decision as to whether or not to proceed with formulating or revising a product specification. It also ensures that new product specifications are consistent with the ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR Strategic Vision and Guiding Principles PDF (151KB), and that ENERGY STAR’s actions are effectively communicated to stakeholders, particularly in new target markets. EPA and DOE consider the following criteria when determining whether to develop or revise ENERGY STAR product specifications: Significant energy savings will be realized on a national basis. Product energy consumption and performance and can be measured and verified with testing. Product performance will be maintained or enhanced. Purchasers of the product will recover any cost difference within a reasonable time period. Specifications do not unjustly favor any one technology. Labeling will effectively differentiate products to purchasers.
Certification Type: Type III Type II - Second Party Certification Volunteer labeling program based on specific sectors
Governance No information available. Industry organization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & U.S. Department of Energy
Verification: The Sustainable & Silver certifications are reviewed by a SMaRT consultant with 10% & 25% audited respectively; Gold and Platinum certification levels are audited by Ernst & Young Global Sustainability Auditing Group. Independent testing & auditing Staff review
Transparency: No searchable database with product certification information is curently available to the public. Pulicly available certification criteria/thresholds and process; no product or testing results publicly available Product energy use publicly available
LEED Reference: No search correlations. Yes No
Cost: $1500 - $10,000 depending on certification type and level Not available None
Production & Manufacture[+/-]            
Life Cycle Assessment Requires ISO 14040 LCA
Life Cycle Assessment Requires ISO 14040 LCA
Life Cycle Impact Assessment ISO 14042 LCIA not required; credit for 10-25% reduction of LCI's across 7-12 impact categories
Life Cycle Impact Assessment ISO 14042 LCIA not required; credit for 10-25% reduction of LCI's across 7-12 impact categories
Carbon Footprint
Footprint Calculation/Verification
Inputs Required documentation of Inputs, Stockholm Chemicals
Extraction Impact Credit for reducing habitat destruction for endangered or threatened species
Total percent recycled or re-used material No level for certification; credit for % recycled content; preference for post-consumer
Bio-Based No min. requirements; credit for % bio-based content
Renewable Resources
Uses Toxic or Carcinogenic Materials or Chemicals Min. requirements: no POP chemicals >.1% or above TRI reporting threshholds
Disclosure of Inputs Credit for disclosure of material components and pollutants down to 1%
Outputs Required documentation of Outputs, Stockholm Chemicals, emissions and pollutants
Toxic Materials Lists Required: No POP emissions at or above TRI reporting thresholds; credits for reductions beyond thresholds Green Label Plus - testing for chemicals of concern
Re-sourcing Waste Products (input for another product) Credit for transparent materials reclamation and re-purposing
On-Site Waste Treatment
Disclosure of Outputs Required documentation of Outputs
Water
Water Conservation
Waste Water Handling
Energy Energy inventory required
Energy Conservation Credit for reducing energy use & Cleaner & Greener Certification Level 2
On-Site Renewable Energy Source for Manufacturing Facility Credit for % of onsite renewable energy
Green Energy Provider Credit for % of renewable energy
Green Energy Investing Credit for % of renewable energy
Gas Emissions Credit for certification of Climate Change emission reductions, including supply chain
Greenhouse Gas Emission Credit for certification of Climate Change emission reductions, including supply chain
Ozone Depleting Gases Credit for certification of Climate Change emission reductions, including supply chain
Packaging
Quantity of Packaging by Volume
Recycled Content
Packaging Components (LACCD Closed Loop Program)
Collection and Return of Packaging for Re-Use
Steps Taken to Reduce Packaging
Transportation
Average Distance from Supply to Manufacture
Average Distance from Manufacture to Distribution
Mode of Transport
Steps Taken to Reduce Environmental Impact of Transportation
Chain of Custody Credit for supply chain inventory and limit on Stockholm Chemicals, ( POP)
Supplier Information Disclosure Credit for supply chain inventory and limit on Stockholm Chemicals, ( POP)
Installation, Use & Maintenance[+/-]            
Installation
Embodied Energy
Toxic Materials No min. requirements other than MSDS; credit for VOC limits of South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Bay Area Air Resources Board; credits for reductions from baseline inventories in 2000
Use & Maintenance
Embodied Energy
Toxic Materials Green Carpet Plus tests carpets for CA Section 01350 thresholds for the following chemicals: Acetaldehyde, Benzene, Caprolactam, 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Formaldehyde, 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Nonanal, Octanal, 4-Phenylcyclohexene, Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate; Tests Adhesives to CA 01350 standards for following chemicals: Acetaldehyde , Benzothiazole, 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, Formaldehyde, Isooctylacrylate, Methylbiphenyl, 1-Methyl-2 Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Phenol, 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate, Vinyl Cyclohexene, Xylenes (m-,o-,p-)
Off Gassing No min. requirements other than MSDS; credit for VOC limits of South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Bay Area Air Resources Board; credits for reductions from baseline inventories in 2000 Green Carpet Plus tests carpets for CA Section 01350 thresholds for the following chemicals: Acetaldehyde, Benzene, Caprolactam, 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Formaldehyde, 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Nonanal, Octanal, 4-Phenylcyclohexene, Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate; Tests Adhesives to CA 01350 standards for following chemicals: Acetaldehyde , Benzothiazole, 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, Formaldehyde, Isooctylacrylate, Methylbiphenyl, 1-Methyl-2 Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Phenol, 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate, Vinyl Cyclohexene, Xylenes (m-,o-,p-
Off-gassing during installation No min. requirements other than MSDS; credit for VOC limits of South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Bay Area Air Resources Board; credits for reductions from baseline inventories in 2000 Green Carpet Plus tests carpets for CA Section 01350 thresholds for the following chemicals: Acetaldehyde, Benzene, Caprolactam, 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Formaldehyde, 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Nonanal, Octanal, 4-Phenylcyclohexene, Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate; Tests Adhesives to CA 01350 standards for following chemicals: Acetaldehyde , Benzothiazole, 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, Formaldehyde, Isooctylacrylate, Methylbiphenyl, 1-Methyl-2 Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Phenol, 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate, Vinyl Cyclohexene, Xylenes (m-,o-,p-
Off-gassing during use No min. requirements other than MSDS; credit for VOC limits of South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Bay Area Air Resources Board; credits for reductions from baseline inventories in 2000 Green Carpet Plus tests carpets for CA Section 01350 thresholds for the following chemicals: Acetaldehyde, Benzene, Caprolactam, 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Formaldehyde, 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Nonanal, Octanal, 4-Phenylcyclohexene, Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate; Tests Adhesives to CA 01350 standards for following chemicals: Acetaldehyde , Benzothiazole, 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, Formaldehyde, Isooctylacrylate, Methylbiphenyl, 1-Methyl-2 Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Phenol, 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate, Vinyl Cyclohexene, Xylenes (m-,o-,p-
Off-gassing during maintenance No min. requirements other than MSDS; credit for VOC limits of South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Bay Area Air Resources Board; credits for reductions from baseline inventories in 2000 Green Carpet Plus tests carpets for CA Section 01350 thresholds for the following chemicals: Acetaldehyde, Benzene, Caprolactam, 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Formaldehyde, 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Nonanal, Octanal, 4-Phenylcyclohexene, Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate; Tests Adhesives to CA 01350 standards for following chemicals: Acetaldehyde , Benzothiazole, 2-Ethyl-1-Hexanol, Formaldehyde, Isooctylacrylate, Methylbiphenyl, 1-Methyl-2 Pyrrolidinone, Naphthalene, Phenol, 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl Acetate, Vinyl Cyclohexene, Xylenes (m-,o-,p-
Energy/Resource Consumption During Use Recognizes top 25% of products in each sector. EPA updates requirements every two years to hit this target.
Designed for Conservation Recognizes top 25% of products in each sector. EPA updates requirements every two years to hit this target.
Product Efficiency Over Time Recognizes top 25% of products in each sector. EPA updates requirements every two years to hit this target.
Durability & Performance Must meet concensus or recognized government performance standard
Life Expectancy of Product Must meet concensus or recognized government performance standard
Product Performance Over Time Must meet concensus or recognized government performance standard
Product Repair or Warranty
End of Product Life[+/-]            
Product Reclamation Program Required to describe operational reclamation and/or sustainable reuse opportunities
Alternative Disposal
Reclamation Program Credit for % product reclamation
Product Reincarnation Credit for % product reuse
Re-Use of Product and/or Parts Credit for % product reuse
Recyclability of Product and/or Parts
Biodegradability of Product and/or Parts
Company Social Profile[+/-]            
Occupational Health & Safety Credit for Global Reporting Initiative Social Indicator reporting (Labor Practices, Human Rights, Societyimpacts) for each supplier of at least 3% of product materials
Policy and Claims Credit for Global Reporting Initiative Social Indicator reporting (Labor Practices, Human Rights, Societyimpacts) for each supplier of at least 3% of product materials
OSHA Standards Credit for Global Reporting Initiative Social Indicator reporting (Labor Practices, Human Rights, Societyimpacts) for each supplier of at least 3% of product materials
Company Environmental Policy Requirement: Publicly available ISO 14001 declaration of EMS Environmental policy & targets
Environmental Education/Training
Environmental Policy & Claims Requirement: Publicly available ISO 14001 declaration of EMS Environmental policy & targets
Environmental Goals Requirement: Publicly available ISO 14001 declaration of EMS Environmental policy & targets
Facilities Recycling (Paper, Plastics, Aluminum, Scrap Metals)
Wage Equity
"Living wage" policy
CEO Salary ratio
Gender Equality
Policy & Goals
Leadership
Diversity
Diversity Issues
Human Rights Requires description of policies & evaluation procedures, including supply chain
Human Rights Requires description of policies & evaluation procedures, including supply chain
Child Labor Requires description of policies & evaluation procedures, including supply chain
Employee Benefits Requires description of policies & evaluation procedures, including supply chain
Employee Benefits Requires description of policies & evaluation procedures, including supply chain
Corporate Generosity
Community Reinvestment
Charitable Giving
Social Chain of Custody Credit for Global Reporting Initiative Social Indicator reporting (Labor Practices, Human Rights, Societyimpacts) for each supplier of at least 3% of product materials
Supplier Information Disclosure Credit for Global Reporting Initiative Social Indicator reporting (Labor Practices, Human Rights, Societyimpacts) for each supplier of at least 3% of product materials
Sustainability Reporting Credit for Global Reporting Initiative Social Indicator reporting (Labor Practices, Human Rights, Societyimpacts) for each supplier of at least 3% of product materials
Sustainability Reporting
Other[+/-]            
Certification
Product certifications
Company certifications
LEED Building Certification
Testing
Product testing
Animals or animal by-products used in any product or process (including testing)
Disclosure of Information Disclosure required for certification; not publicly available
Company Information Disclosure Disclosure required for certification; not publicly available
Product Information Disclosure Disclosure required for certification; not publicly available
Sustainable Achievement Award Credit for dematerialization
Other Achievements